Well we’re coming to the end of another winter and I for one am glad to see the back of it. Bring on the blue skies and that warm yellow ball. Whilst it wasn’t a particularly icy winter, it still brought forth the usual amount of upvc doors jamming , or locks feeling unusually stiff. This usually resulted in for upvc doors, just an adjustment and in mortice or rim cylinders just an overhaul and some lubrication, being as we all know the problems winter brings with locks, why dont we get the lubrication and overhaul done in the autumn and then again in the spring as this would cut out most of the problems and save ourselves an awful lot of money.
Its been a bit of a strange old week, when its come to jobs that is, Monday 5 call outs ranging from Winchester to Totton then Burley and back to Poole. Tuesday nothing all day then 3 all in or around evening so late finish oh plus a call out ,last of the day to Salisbury to an address that didn’t exist, so a wasted trip and diesel down the pan. Wednesday and 4 call outs mostly in or around Salisbury which seems to be coming my second home but again last of the day I was called out, quite a distance to Sturminster Newton, to a lock out on a mortice and British Standard night latch, pain in the bum, managed to open both the locks and got the customer in reasonable time but a late finish. Thursday was just the 1 call out to Ferndown and a mechanism failure. A quick change of cylinder solved that problem and home for tea, night off . Friday started early as I had a further works job booked in for 9 0’clock in Salisbury, arrived on time stripped out the old mechanism, went to fit the new one and low and behold they delivered the wrong part, so put it back together ordered the new part for delivery on Monday and left for another job in Ferndown. All in all it has been a strange old week one minute you think that its going to be a good week and then its all quiet and nothing.
Not the best of weather to be out and about driving especially across the jurassic coastline to West Bay . I received a call out there yesterday to change a jammed cylinder, which I finished in double quick time. Christchurch was my next destination, where a couple were having a problem with a mortice lock, I changed the sash lock and upgraded it to a British Standard ERA Fortress, bringing the property into line with current insurance companies stipulations. Home for tea , then received a call out to Bitterne in Southampton, for a mechanism failure . I identified the problem, secured the property and was on my way home in under an hour, lots of driving and lots of rain, day over hooray.
The day started, with a trip to Broadstone, where a customer was having problems with his upvc door. A quick change of cylinder saw that problem off and it was on to the next one, a visit to Milford On Sea where a dear old lady’s lock had Jammed, I stripped that out oiled it up and was on to, what turned out to be, my last job of the day, a visit to Dibden Pirlieu where an elderly gentleman had snapped a key off in his mortice lock, with the door locked, first I picked the lock, then took it apart, found the problem and put it back together again, leaving it working perfectly and another happy customer. I then had a lovely Sunny drive back across the forest to Bournemouth.